English Language A Level

What will I learn?

Component 1 Language Variation

Students will explore:

  • how language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience
  • how language choices can create personal identities
  • language variation in English from c1550 (the beginnings of Early Modern English) to the present day

Component 2 Child Language

Students will explore:

  • spoken language acquisition and how children learn to write between the ages of 0 and 8
  • the relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy skills that children are taught, including the beginnings of reading
  • appropriate theories of children’s language development

Component 3 Investigating Language

Students will explore:

  • select a research focus from five topic areas
  • develop their research and investigation skills
  • undertake a focussed investigation
  • apply their knowledge of language levels and key language concepts developed through the whole course
  • develop their personal language specialism

Non-exam assessment: Crafting Language

Students will explore:

  • research a selected genre
  • demonstrate their skills as writers within their selected genre, crafting texts for different audiences and/or purposes
  • reflect on their research and writing in an accompanying commentary

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above. English Literature at Grade 5 desirable but not essential.

A GCSE points average of 4.6.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: 2¼-hour exam A Level weighting 35%

Paper 2: 1-hour exam A Level weighting 20%

Paper 3: 1¾-hour exam A Level weighting 25%

Non-exam assessment: Coursework folder A Level weighting 20%

Who is this course aimed at?

English Language is attractive to students who:

  • are analytical
  • want to know how language works
  • read and analyse non-fiction (e.g. newspapers, biographies, blogs, magazines etc).
  • are interested in why people speak the way they do
  • love to write non-fiction (journalism, etc) and or fiction texts (short stories, dramatic monologues etc).

What next?

A good understanding of English is useful for a wide range of careers but many students often move into further study or employment in education, professional and social services, administrative services, management, leisure, entertainment and media.



  • A Level


  • English

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,
​​​​​​​Email: info@leggott.ac.uk


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider